Smoking orangutan moves to island to kick habit
Before moving to her new island, Tori smokes a cigarette discarded by a zoo visitor.
July 26th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

Smoking orangutan moves to island to kick habit

Call it an orangutan detox facility.

It's an island in the middle of a lake in Indonesia's Taru Jurug Zoo, and it's where Tori, the smoking orangutan, will be spending her days.

The 13-year-old primate picked up the habit by grabbing still-burning butts discarded in her enclosure by zoo visitors and imitating their actions, zoo officials told the Jakarta Globe.

Signs warned against the practice, but zoo visitors paid no heed, the zoo's director, Lilik Kristianto, told the Globe.

“A common problem for zoos in Indonesia are naughty visitors,” the director is quoted as saying. “Although there are sign prohibiting them from giving food or cigarettes to the animals, they keep on doing it. It is not rare that visitors even hurt the animals.”

Besides keeping puffing visitors at a safe distance, the island will have other advantages over the concrete cage Tori has called home at the zoo in Solo.

“Tori can climb five big trees on the island. This might be the best orangutan enclosure in Indonesia,” the zoo director is quoted as saying.

Tori isn't alone on the island. A male, Didik, has joined her.

But Didik has no need for rehab. While Tori would puff on the butts, Didik used to stamp them out, the Globe reported.

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  1. wow

    This is such a bunch of anti-smoking rah rah bs. SERIOUSLY?!?! I can't even read CNN anymore, it's getting to be exactly like Fox

    July 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • beelzabarber

      Dude...really? Maybe its a knock on Christianity and creationism too?!? We are directly descended from apes, so smoking is a natural transition. Get a life. Its a news story

      July 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • smb04d

      LOL rah rah bs...that is where my mind has gone for the day :/

      July 27, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wow

    hahahhaa nice

    July 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ffacts

    let him smoke!

    July 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Badly-Bent

    Gee, can they learn to brush their own teeth?

    July 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Isn't it a violation of his second Amendment right to pack smoke? Don't worry chimpie, soon the Tea Party will be campaigning for you by calling for less govt!

    July 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Wow, you can't even resist launching un-based attacks on your political enemies on a story about a smoking orangutang, can you?

      July 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrBurgo2U

      You and the other Americans commenting here show the intelligence and arrogance level of Americans.
      The second ammendment is American, Indonesia and the rest of the planet is not America or American.
      The Orangutan's name is Tori, it is a girl not a he ...

      July 26, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. leave it alone

    right turm clide

    July 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joe

    This is pretty sad to me. That organutan is not aware in the slightest of what he is doing to his body and it is completely un-natural for it to be smoking. The only reason he is doing it is because idiotic people who don't care help them smoke. They really need a large sanctuary (hundreds of acres of trees and grass) and shielded forest for these creatures, wherever that may be, not zoos that are more like jails.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      The same can be said for some commenters too!

      July 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. leave it alone

    right turn clyde that is my bad

    July 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I say give him a grenade and invite him to the next NRA convention!

    July 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drunkin mom

    I am suprised Michelle Obama even smokes since she preaches about health & obesity. Nonetheless, she looks good in that picture.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      I though that was your mother???

      July 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©


    July 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Monkey See Monkey Do

    Absolutely hilarious! Nothing funnier than smoking primates (or babies)! All she needs is a glass of Scotch to go with it...

    July 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    It could be John Boehner! He likes to smoke! But say no bad things about him though, he likes to cry!

    July 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. freeme10

    What I find particularly disgusting is that people threw still burning cigarrette butts into this poor orangutan's enclosure. Is it not bad enough that this wild animal is locked in a cage while people point and shout at it?

    July 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Well, if you're in lock up, lots of time to kill- might as well smoke!

      July 26, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monkeybusiness

      Pretty common in poorer nations where animals in "Zoos" are basically there to be abused by visitors.

      July 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dazzle ©

    I am so sick of the PC police regarding smoking. What's next for this orangutan, rehab? It wouldn't surprise me.

    July 26, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
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